16 San Diego Uptown News | September 16–29, 2011
WHAT’S UP! Art, Music and Fitness Celebrate grand opening of Body Alchemist
By Jeff Britton SDUN Art Critic
Bruno Bosardi is looking to
kick off October with a blast of synergy at his new Hillcrest Pilates studio, Body Alchemist. The unique photo mosaics of Adam Lewis Smith’s “Nature ReInvented” studio surround the second floor studio, located at 1253 University Avenue. The beautiful homage to nature makes the perfect setting for Bosardi’s fitness sessions.
Many photographers take intact shots of nature but “Na- ture ReInvented” attempts to stitch together different photo- graphs to create many pat- terns that suggest the raucous ways of nature unspoiled. Rick Pyles’ custom framing uses old wood for an eco-friendly back- drop to each of these amazing works of art.
An experienced hiker, Smith has a special apprecia- tion for the textures, light and patterns that nature randomly creates. His technique creates a collage of these patterns from some of America’s most beloved unspoiled parks, along with hidden finds the devoted nature lover happened across. “Nature ReInvented” focuses on our state and national parks and is trying to educate the public through art about what is endangered.
Guests will see a variety of his works, starting with a rather expansive study of the
One of Adam Lewis Smith’s “Nature ReInvented” pieces on display at Body Alchemist. (Photo courtesy of Adam Lewis Smith)
dramatic cliffs and seascape at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Originally commissioned by a Solana Beach socialite whose husband disapproved of the concept, Smith found another client happy to purchase it, but
wanted a much larger version. He has since become his big- gest patron.
In one composition, from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, luscious flowers opening to the sunlight surround a red center
with beautiful green buds on the verge of blossoming. The faces of red devils pop omi- nously and incongruously from its crimson center.
A huge study of bloom- ing succulents that creates a
kaleidoscopic effect dominates one wall and was featured at the 2009 NAACP Spirit Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It is juxtaposed
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